Have you worked VE100VIMY ?

CBC News features Ron Huybers, VY2HR, in an article on the special event station VE100VIMY. The special event callsign celebrates the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which occurred 100 years ago this year.

You can read the CBC article entitled “Ham radio operators spread the word about Battle of Vimy Ridge” here .

You can read more about Vimy Ridge here.
You can read more about special event callsigns from Industry Canada here.
And of course, you can find your best Amateur Radio deals, service and customer service here.

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FlexRadio Systems PowerGenius XL Full Legal Limit Amplifier

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FlexRadio Systems has introduced their PowerGenius XL HF amplifier.

You can see Gerald Youngblood K5SDR tell you about this amazing product here.

The PowerGenius XL is a 100% duty cycle, legal limit (1500W ICAS) 1.8-54 MHz RF amplifier intended for both amateur and government use.  It incorporates a pair of modern NXP 1K5H LDMOS transistors that are individually capable of 1.5 kW thus providing plenty of headroom for lowest IMD and spurious output. Efficiency and spurious performance are also enhanced through the use of diplexed filters.

Multiple band selection methods are supported including CAT, CI-V, BCD band decode and Ethernet.  When connected to a FLEX-6000 transceiver, band selection is fully automated through the Ethernet connection.  Even T/R control is provided over the Ethernet connection to further minimize wiring. In addition, all amplifier status reporting including power levels, fault conditions and resets are reported to the FLEX-6000 Signature Series transceiver using the SmartSDR API.  SmartSDR client interfaces such as SmartSDR for Windows, Maestro and others can display power levels and other reported statuses.

For remote operation with other HF radio exciters, an Ethernet API or friendly Windows and Android applications can control the PowerGenius XL. For contest operation, the PowerGenius XL is SO2R capable with two inputs and two outputs for two sources and antennas and the rapid band switching eliminates the need for two amplifiers. A single FLEX-6700 and PowerGenius XL comprises a complete SO2R station at half the cost of competing solutions.

The Power Genius XL amplifier will be priced competitively with specific pricing and availability announced after FCC and CE certification has been achieved. Power Genius XL will be packaged to complement FlexRadio’s FLEX-6000 Signature Series transceivers.

SPECIFICATIONS

PA Specifications

  • RF Power Output: 1500W (ICAS)
  • Exciter Drive Level: 50W
  • Transistors: NXP 1K5H x 2
  • Exciter Inputs:1 SO-239 x 2
  • Antenna Outputs: SO-239 x 2
  • Antenna Impedance (w/o tuner): 50 Ohm Unbalanced
  • Cooling: Thermostatically controlled fans

Mechanical

  • Height: 5″ (13 cm)
  • Width: 13″ (33 cm)
  • Depth: 17″ (43 cm)
  • Weight: 33 lbs (15 kgs)
  • Operating Temperature Range: TBD

Electrical

  • Input Voltage:2 90 – 250VAC, 50/60 Hz
  • Power Supply: Modular internal switching

Specifications subject to change without notice.
1-SO2R configuration
2-Maximum RF power output achieved using 220 VAC

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MFJ-1026 Signal Enhancer and Noise Canceller

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We’ve recently put MFJ’s 1026 Signal enhancer and noise canceller through its paces.

And were we impressed !

See the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e95hlEJsxEU

There is a bit of adjustments / peaking and tweaking required, but once you have it correctly adjusted it really enhances operations. We show how it turns a noisy band into a band full of signals.

We do not recommend using the included small telescoping antenna. You need to use an external decent antenna for it to work properly.

Watch the video, then order yours online here .

 

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SDRplay now in stock

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SDRplay
software defined radios have arrived at Radioworld !

Come on in and get your RSP2 or RSP2Pro receivers today !

 

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New Z-Lynk Wireless System from Garrett

Garrett Metal Detectors has announced a new wireless headphone system for any metal detector (even if it’s not a Garrett model!).
The new Z-Lynk wireless system is claimed to be 6 times faster than bluetooth, for a more reliable connection and clearer audio.

This will be shipping soon, watch our website for stock availability.

Garrett Z-Lynk System

Garrett Z-Lynk System

 

Check out this Z-Lynk video starring our friend Steve Moore on YouTube 

Here are some Key Features:
Garrett Z-Lynk™ Wireless System

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Get Revved up for the Motorcycle Show – and Save $$$

Come see Radioworld at the 41st North American International Motorcycle Supershow, and save $ 3 off the price of one adult admission.
The show runs from January 6 – 8 , 2017.

Friday and Saturday you can meet Dog and Beth.
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For more information visit www.motorcyclesupershow.ca

Print the coupon below to save $ 3 off one adult admission.

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SDRplay Now Available at Radioworld !

We are pleased to announce that Radioworld is now carrying  SDRplay Software defined receivers. These world-famous products have been requested by many customers – and we listened !
Made in the U.K. , now distributed and sold in Canada, there are three models available.

You can see them here.

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Emma VE3EHT – New ham and DX’er

Bob Heil’s internet TV Show HamNation, recently ran a story featuring Emma Hardman, VE3EHT. Emma is 13 years old and the daughter of Rod Hardman VE3RHF. Have a look at the video as Emma talks about her first contact – with V51WW in Namibia.
Emma is featured at the 28:10 mark.

Congratulations Emma !

Emma VE3EHT and father Rod VE3RHF

Emma VE3EHT and father Rod VE3RHF

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I Would Like to Get an HF Antenna for my Home – Part 1

We have heard this numerous times from our Amateur Radio customers. Whether you are just starting out, or an oldtimer who has been hamming for years – and everyone in between – this is a fairly complicated and in depth subject.

What does an antenna do ?
This is what radiates your signal out to the world. This is the most critical part of any amateur radio station. If you are going to cut corners or save some of the budget, this is NOT the part to do it on.

So how do you select the correct antenna, when there are so many to choose from ?

Let’s look at the types of antennas available.

A Vertical antenna for HF

Verticals – Basic, can be single or multi band. Relatively inexpensive as well. Should be ground mounted with ground radials installed, which is what turns most people away from this type of antenna. An absolute minimum of 4 radials are required, but don’t expect huge results. Typically 32 or more should be installed, on the ground (they will settle in and disappear over time) or you bury them yourself.
Ground mounted verticals are good for DX because of their low angle of radiation.

The same vertical can also be installed on a roof or tower, but they require some form of counterpoise system. This is typically accomplished by hanging the  radials from the base of the antenna. A good example would be installing the antenna on a roof, and laying the radials across the roof.

Radials always connect to the base of the antenna , and are run outward in equal divisions, much like the spokes of a wheel.

Here is a typical vertical antenna: https://radioworld.ca/but-hf6v
You can add some options or homebrew your own.
This radial kit by DX Engineering includes radial wire, fasteners, and “staples” to staple the radials to the ground. The staples will decompose naturally on their own.
DX Engineering also manufactures a base plate for mounting the vertical to a post, and then securing the radials to the plate.

Radioworld sells verticals by Butternut, Comet, Cushcraft, DX Engineering, Hustler, Hy-Gain, and MFJ.
Some are single band, two band, or multiband up to 9 bands. In general, the more bands that the antenna covers, or the smaller an antenna is, the more of a compromise the antenna is. Where most multiband antennas employ coils and/or traps to allow extra bands, antennas like this 43 foot vertical from DX Engineering use no coils or traps, but utilises a remote tuner (sold separately)  at the base of the antenna. And you still need those radials.

Then, there are vertical antennas that employ a matching network on the antenna, with a few very short radials at the base of the antenna. These are much better for tower or roof mounting, as you don’t have wire radials hanging and drooping down, and looking messy. This is again a compromise antenna, but they do work reasonably well. Typically they cost 1.5 – 2 times more than a ground mounted vertical.
Here is an example of a multiband vertical with a matching network.

Vertical antennas are very popular due to their reasonable cost, multiband coverage and ease of installation. They are ideal for small lot sizes. They offer a uniform radiation pattern, but tend to be noisier than horizontally polarised antennas. Yes, you can work DX, but you’ll be blending in with everyone else when you’re calling that rare one.
And be sure to keep an open mind – this CB antenna covers 10, 11, 12 and 15 metres, and requires no radials.

Wire AntennasWire Antennas – The easiest and least expensive of HF antennas. You can purchase commercially made and pre-tuned single, or multiband wire antennas, or build your own. Typically wire antennas are configured as dipole or inverted V styles, but can also be slopers, inverted L’s, long wire or various other styles.

Some popular wire antennas, like the G5RV, require a matching network (tuner) to work properly. This would also apply to non-resonant antennas like longwires, inverted L’s and slopers.

Because of their low cost, low profile, low maintenance and decent performance, many hams build their own wire antennas. You can build everything yourself, or use some commercially made parts like this inexpensive centre and end insulator kit. Add your own wire, special dacron rope to tie off the insulators, and feedline (cable), and you’re all set !

Beams, or directional antennas, are a step up from the others. These antennas direct the signal in one direction, and reject signals from other directions. They are basically a dipole antenna with reflective and directive elements added on to a common boom. They can be for single bands or for multiple bands, but because of their size do not (usually) cover lower frequencies.

A single element antenna is a dipole. The signal radiates from the sides, but not the ends. Adding a director(s)  and a reflector(s) alters the radiation pattern into one direction. The more “elements” (director/reflector elements) the more gain an antenna will have, in one direction. The antenna is aimed at the station you wish to contact. This is done with a rotator on the tower, accessed from a control box at the operators station.

Here is a three element beam for 10, 15 and 20 metres th3-mk4

In this picture, the signal is aimed to the left. The centre element, called the driven element, radiates the signal. The element on the right (the reflector), reflects the signal to the left. The leftmost element (the director) directs the signal to the left. Directors are physically shorter than the driven element, whilst the reflector is physically longer than the driven element. And there is plenty of math to calculate all those dimensions.

Beams can be quite large, and usually need to be supported by a tower. Some smaller beams can be mounted on smaller structures, like tripods or stand alone masts.

Here is an example of an extremely large antenna system20mbeam

Like any antenna, the higher up it is mounted, the better it will perform.

To the left is a 5 element beam for 20 metres, on a 78 foot tower. Quite expensive, it requires some serious work to put up, but will give a really big signal.

 

 

 

So when customers come in saying they want an antenna for HF and what do we recommend, it really isn’t an easy answer. We have to ask many questions to find what works for you.

Come on in and let’s talk.

Tim VA3FU
WAC, WAS, DXCC

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Team Radioworld – 2016 Berkley B1 Champions

Team Radioworld – Ryan Flaro and Scott Lefebvre
2016 Berkley B1 Champions with 43.59lbs!

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Congratulations to our friends Ryan Flaro and Scott Lefebvre for their hard work and dedication to fishing the Berkley B1 and coming out the other side as the 2016 B1 Champions!

Ryan and Scott put together a solid bag on day 1, finishing second place in a tight battle with a few other teams. In fact the top 10 teams had a good shot at taking the prize going into Day 2 and it was really anyone’s prize to take.

In the end it was the very closest of weights that separated first from third place with Team Radioworld victorious!

Congratulations guys, you made us proud!

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Here are a few words from Ryan Flaro….

“Wow is all I can say!  What a roller coaster ride!

I still can’t believe we pulled it off with such a close battle. What an amazing group of talented anglers and finally , we get to B the 1.    Thank you everyone for hundreds of messages of support on this amazing ride of a lifetime! For once in my life I’m speechless!

First and foremost thank  Radioworld, Remax Cornwall, Malyon Excavation, and Gajo Baits.  Without you in our corner we would never be able to do what we love to do.

I wish to thank my wife Gabie and daughter Meadow for endless support, keeping us positive and allowing us to spend the countless hours doing what we love to do while standing in wind, rain , cold or heat, cheering us on no matter how we finished all season long!”

and a few from Scott Lefebvre

“What a wild ride!  I still can’t believe it’s true!

I’d like to say thanks to my wife Linda & and son Tysen for putting up with my countless days on the water, my partner Ryan, all the B1 competitors, (especially the top 3 for such an exciting finish) and last but not least Ben Woo and the B1 Staff for putting on such a great event.”

Thanks again for representing our brand and your support.

Sincerely

Jack Summers and friends at Radioworld

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